The NYT has some skilled wordsmiths, no denying it. That’s usually cause for outrage, as their talents are used to advance a political agenda, truth be damned.
But when they play it straight they do some fine reporting.
Cesium-137 is the biggie for non-occupational workers. It disperses in the environment but then builds up in the food chain. Contaminated milk? That hits home for anyone who cares about children.
But again, this will not be a Chernobyl. Even if they lose Curies and Curies of Cs-137, apparently the fallout is to sea. Does that mean it will be incorporated into the oceans’ biosystems? Yes. But it will be dispersed vastly more than is when coating the countryside. That takes concentrations down enough that, should you eat Pacific seafood, the danger will again be “incalculable“.